So this weekend I'm off to Copenhagen, Denmark, for a gig with my lifelong hero, Noel Gallagher. Now, why would I write about this old Rock'n'roll gaffer on a blog that's supposed to be about electronic music? Noel Gallagher's all about guitars, organs and that old psychedelic, bluesy sound of the 60s and 70s, right?
Well, if you remember the 90s you might recall that England had a very prominent electro music culture that crept from the depths of cellar- and factory parties into the bright strobe lights and spotlights of night clubs and mainstream charts. In his coked-up 90s world Noel Gallagher readily admitted his penchant for house music, despite being looked at as a spokesman for guitar music. He actually did some collaborations with electronic artists, some more or less well-known than others. Three of which I will present to you here.
The first one from 1997 was with Chemical Brothers on a song called Setting Sun. The track contains samples from The Beatle's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and lyrics by Noel. The track reached #1 in the UK hit chart.
In 1998, Noel did yet another collaboration with The Chemical Brothers on a track called Let Forever Be. I remember being dead fascinated by the video in this one. And of course the cracking drum loop.
Noel's last electronic collaborations of the drug fuelled 90s was a slightly more obscure one. This time he lend his rock'n'roll superstardom to drum-n-bass and jungle artist Goldie. Goldie was known as a DJ, electronic music artist but also an actor in the James Bond movie "The World Is Not Enough" and Guy Ritchie's "Snatch". The track is a lot harder and rawer than the chemical brothers stuff. I'll let you decide whether or not you fancy it. Anyways, I'm off the Denmark to see Noel play some GUITAR!